A review of some of the chemicals found in bellaco caspi might explain some of the many traditional uses of this tropical rainforest tree. An antitumor iridoid compound and two depside chemicals have been isolated from bellaco caspi bark.* In addition, two iridoid chemicals called plumericin and isoplumericin have been found in the tree bark and the latex. These two chemicals have been reported with cytotoxic, anticancerous, antifungal and antibacterial actions in laboratory research.*
Traditional Uses:* as a wound healer and broad spectrum antimicrobial (bacteria, fungi, candida); for tumors and cancer; for lymphatic cleansing, inflammation, and infections; for endometriosis, uterine fibroid tumors, menstrual irregularities and pain, ovarian cysts and ovarian inflammation; as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic for arthritis, back pain, and muscle injury
Suggested Use: Bellaco-caspi is best prepared as an alcohol tincture. Combine 1 part bark powder with 4 parts 90 proof alcohol (everclear or vodka). Allow to macerate for 2 weeks while agitating solution daily. Strain into a clean bottle and seal. It is traditionally taken in dosages of 2-4 ml (60-120 drops) twice daily or as needed. Can also be used externally by applying to the skin twice daily and letting dry completely. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal tinctures see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.
Contraindications: None reported.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
Bellaco Caspi Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: decoction, tincture, capsules
Main Actions (in order): antimicrobial, antitumorus, anti-inflammatory, vulnerary,
1. as a wound healer and broad spectrum antimicrobial (bacteria, fungi, candida)
2. for tumors and cancer
3. for lymphatic cleansing, inflammation, and infections
4. for endometriosis, uterine fibroid tumors, menstrual irregularities and pain,ovarian cysts and ovarian inflammation
5. as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic for arthritis, back pain, and muscle injury
Cautions: None reported. High dosages may have a laxative or purgative effect.
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